Starwood Hotels & Resorts has re-opened of The Royal Hawaiian following a major refurbishment. Owned by Kyo-ya Hotels & Resorts, LP and renovated by hospitality designers WCIT Architecture, the 592-room resort features 35 suites including 18 oceanfront and six two-story exclusive suites, more than 66,000 square feet of beachfront space and world class signature restaurants and lounges, including the world famous Mai Tai bar and Waikiki’s only beachfront luau.
“The Luxury Collection is a portal to the world’s most exciting and desirable destinations, offering guests unique, authentic and enriching experiences at spectacular destinations around the world,” said Paul James, Global Brand Leader, The Luxury Collection and St. Regis Hotels & Resorts. “Celebrated for its rich heritage, stunning design and spectacular location, The Royal Hawaiian adds another jewel to The Luxury Collection brand’s glittering portfolio.”
“This is a very historic moment for The Royal Hawaiian, A Luxury Collection Resort,” said Ernest Nishizaki, executive vice president and chief operations officer for Kyo-ya Hotels & Resorts, LP, owners of the resort. “The Royal Hawaiian closed only once before - in 1945 after WWII ended. The legendary “Pink Palace of the Pacific” is a treasured part of our island’s both ancient and modern heritage. We look forward to a new generation of guests falling in love with The Royal Hawaiian and Waikiki.”
The redesigned accommodations at The Royal Hawaiian combine rich imported fabrics with indigenous materials and cultural artifacts to reflect the hotel’s rich heritage. Guests are welcomed into the resort with a traditional Hawaiian lei, chilled oshibori towel and fresh Hawaiian fruit cocktails along with other indigenous complementary refreshments. The resort lobby has been enlivened by newly appointed Koa wood desks, classic Hawaiian artwork by Eugene Savage and brilliant tropical botanicals.
The newly opened Azure Restaurant, an oceanfront, dinner-only space illuminated by candlelight and mother-of-pearl mosaics offers fresh fruits de mer, from ahi to onaga, including locally caught fish selected each morning at the famed Hawai’i Fish Auction.
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